Heat sign guard Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown is joining the Heat.  (USATSI)
Shannon Brown is joining the Heat. (USATSI)

The Miami Heat have signed veteran free agent Shannon Brown, his agency announced on Wednesday. The combo guard's contract is for one year and $1.3 million, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

Brown signed with the New York Knicks in late February and spent summer league with them, helping new head coach and ex-Lakers teammate Derek Fisher implement the triangle offense. New York decided to release him afterward, though, and he'll give the Heat some extra depth in the backcourt.

With Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier at point guard, Miami probably doesn't need him to play much at that position. The 28-year-old's best chance to break into the rotation is probably to take some of the backup shooting guard minutes that went to Ray Allen last year. He's obviously nowhere near the shooter that Allen was, but he's a etter defender at this stage of their respective careers.

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